GM Issues Recall For 2017-2019 Bolt EVs To Rectify A Possible Fire Causing Issue

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K. Rawat 

Automotive Journalist

March 20, 2021  at 6:26 AM

As part of rectification issues, GM says that they might not need to replace or modify the battery packs in the vehicles that have been affected. Rather, the solution might just be based on a software fix. This fix will make the Bolts charge to just 90% of their full capacity.

A few months ago, more than 68,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV were recalled because of fire risk in a lithium-ion battery. There is a temporary fix to employ a software upgrade that restricts the battery charge to 90%, avoiding the risk. Chevy did supply a brief upgrade via facebook past week. However, GM and LG Chem are working on a permanent solution for the issue.

GM is at a sensitive point in its history at the moment. The firm just announced its refreshed Bolt EV and new Bolt EUV. GM has centered on moving to all-electric by 2035, together with 30 brand new vehicles expected by 2025. They do not want to compensate for any mistakes made now, accounting for losing billions later on.

"A team of GM engineers has made substantial progress in identifying the root cause and potential remedies for this issue. They are in the process of validating state-of-the-art software that can diagnose potential issues early and restore 100% charge capability." General Motors, USA

Blaming older generation batteries can be a simplistic conclusion and leads that you are trustworthy. You are trying to persuade people that you may mend it via software when other manufacturers may not. It can be a far more difficult belief and also poses notable uncertainty. LG has had similar battery-related and fire-related problems with the Hyundai Kona EV, which is very like the Chevy Bolt in several ways.

Talking about this issue, Chevrolet has asked Bolt owners of 2017 and 2018 models to use the Hill Top Reserve option that limits the charging capacity to 90%. Owners of the 2019 models have been advised to change the Target Charge Level to 90% to avoid further complications.